Vamp Nails for Halloween!

Happy Halloween, everyone! I’ve been slacking on getting posts up over here—school’s been a little rougher than I anticipated—but I have tons of swatches that are ready to go.

I’ve been trying to post all my manicures in the order in which they were worn, but holidays are always a fun little exception.

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I didn’t do much in the way of Halloween manicures this year—in fact, this is the only one. It’s identical to what I wore on Halloween last year, which I regrettably didn’t get a picture of before all of my false nails popped off, haha. (Joke’s on me, because now my natural nails are longer than my falsies were. :P) This is a base of China Glaze Liquid Leather, topped with a simple gradient of Color Club Art of Seduction.

Art of Seduction is a gorgeous full-coverage red metallic microglitter. I wore it earlier this year as an accent nail for a Valentine’s Day manicure, and it was completely opaque in just two coats! If you can find it, pick this beaut up because she’s worth it.

I hope y’all have wonderful night of spooks and frights! And lots of candy. 😉

-Aley

So Long, Summer

Hello my loves. It’s so nice and chilly out this week, I adore it. ❤

No rambling from me today, let’s jump right in.

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Pictured is two coats of Milani Beach Front, which is shockingly opaque for such a light color. It borders on being a one-coater. This is a light sky blue packed with silver microglitter. The glitter is so fine that it isn’t hard to remove, if memory serves me.

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This was my last summer manicure, so I decided to throw a holo topcoat on it while I could still take advantage of the extra daylight. This time I used Nine Zero Lacquer Holo All The Things!!. I’ve had problems with this covering unevenly before because it had gotten thick, but a little thinner gave this polish the perfect consistency. So good. ❤

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Next I have a manicure that went with my costume for the New York Renaissance Faire, which is always a blast. I started off with Revlon Teak Rose, a dusty, rosy red, which I adore. You might be able to get this in one coat, but I used two.

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I topped that with Ninja Polish Midas Touch, a 24k gold flake topper. This was two coats, although one might have sufficed if I’d held the bottle upside down for a bit. It’s always nice to break this polish out for a special occasion. 😉

Thanks for reading, expect more soon. ❤

-Aley

Mythical Starlight

Uuuuuugh I’m being so lazy. I have so many photos to edit and upload and post and format and BLAH. But they’re beautiful, so it’s a labor of love!

Starlight Polish is probably tied as my favorite indie brand, right next to Rainbow Honey. Issa makes the best color-shifting shimmer polishes around, hands-down. I swatched two polishes of hers before, Dragon and Dragon Scales, and was immediately smitten. It was high time that I got around to fawning over more of her creations!

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For the first mani, I started with a base of OPI Midnight In Moscow. It’s been a while since I pulled this out, and I was shocked to find that I could get it opaque in one thick coat! My beloved Wet N’ Wild Under Your Spell is a dupe for this, but requires at least three coats, so… I’ll go with this one. 😛

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I topped that with two coats of Starlight Polish Phoenix Feathers, a red jelly base packed to the brim with red-gold-green-blue color-shifting shimmer. I used to be obsessed with this finish back when I first started blogging, and this immediately got me all nostalgic.

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I’m awful at capturing these shifts, unfortunately! Issa also makes a topper that just includes the shimmer, sans red base, simply called Phoenix. I’d already have my mitts on that if I didn’t already own Girly Bits Shift Happens, which is a dupe of it.

ssfp1.jpgI had a theory that three coats of Phoenix Feathers on its own would closely resemble four coats of Clarins 230, so I tried it out—and I’d say it’s fairly close! Unfortunately I haven’t got a bottle to compare it with, but Phoenix Feathers definitely gets more opaque on the nail than Clarins 230 does.

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I didn’t have the sun this time, so I improved to catch that elusive green shift.

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Another mani using a Starlight polish went on my nails the instant Phoenix Feathers came off. For a base, I used OPI Hello Hawaii Ya?, from last year’s spring collection. This is way more of a fall color, though! And I’m not sure why all of my shots were blurry… This was the clearest picture I had. Sorry, guys. :/

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This turned out to be the perfect choice for topping with Starlight Polish Unicorn Tears, as it was light enough that Unicorn Tears’ purple jelly base didn’t look black in indoor lighting. This is two coats.

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Unicorn Tears is a stunner, with a shifting shimmer that goes from yellow-green to emerald to aqua to royal blue.

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There’s a version of this polish that’s just the shimmer, simply called Unicorn, that I have and can’t wait to try over literally everything.

I forgot how much I loved this finish of nail polish. Every polish in the Mythological Trio (Phoenix Feathers, Unicorn Tears, Dragon Scales) is fall-appropriate, so I hope to get some more use out of them before the season’s over.

Kudos to anyone who read that giant wall of text. 😉 Issa’s shop can be found here!

-Aley

Berry Bordeaux

Hey all. I’ve got a short post today, for the express reason that my next post is going to be very long and very, very image-heavy. Let’s jump right in.

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I picked up Charming Charlie Berry Bordeaux about a year ago, and never got around to wearing it until now! I feel like this would be great for nail art, but I wouldn’t know what to do with it. This is opaque in two coats and dries super shiny, although I recommend topcoat anyway.

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I topped that off with Color Club Lady Liberty, because contrasting shimmer honestly breathes life into me. Although I’m kicking myself now for not putting a matte topcoat on this—it would have looked amazing!

That’s all I’ve got for today. Check in soon, though!

-Aley

Ivanka & Charla

Nobody panic! I have some actual cohesive swatches today! It’s a miracle.

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First I have Zoya Ivanka, a green with glass-fleck shimmer. It’s gorgeous, but I took this off fairly quickly—I kept getting distracted at how Christmasy it looked, and I was still in August! But it went on perfectly and covered in two coats. (This also appears to be pretty close to Rainbow Honey’s Demeter, which is beautiful but sadly discontinued.)

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After that, I put on Zoya Charla, which is a blue version of the same finish, and it fit my bill of summer vibes way better. Also opaque in two, but it looks like a third coat would have deepened the color; I dented the polish on my ring finger and put on another coat of Charla to smooth it out, and that nail is visibly darker than the rest.

Zoya does this finish particularly well. I’m curious to know what some of your favorite glass-fleck Zoyas are!

-Aley